Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Break Schedule

UNT Dallas Library


you a safe and happy holiday !

Winter  Break Schedule

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Books @ the library

Best Southwest Bookfest.  2005 Best Southwest Short Stories. DeSoto, TX: Today Newspapers, 2005. (PS 659.2 .B476 2005)

A collection of short stories written by students in the Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster school districts for a contest sponsored by the Best Southwest Bookfest and Today Newspapers.

Best Southwest Bookfest.  2007 Best Southwest Bookfest Poems & Short Stories. DeSoto, TX: Today Newspapers, 2007. (PS 659.2 .B478 2007)

A collection of poems and short stories written by students in the Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster school districts for a contest sponsored by the Best Southwest Bookfest and Today Newspapers.

Kaye, Elizabeth A., and Jeffrey J. Makos, eds. Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.  (LB 1771 .61 75th ed 2010/11)

A compilation of the requirements for certification of teachers, counselors, librarians, and administrators for elementary and secondary schools in each state.

Texas Education Agency. Texas School Law Bulletin. Thomason Reuters, 2010. (KFT1590 .A29 T48 2010)

A collection of all of the current laws pertaining to schools and education, covering subjects such as Education Code, Family Code, Health and Safety code, and Local Government Codes.

Corsini, Raymond J. and Danny Wedding. Current Psychotherapies. United States: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2011. (RC 480 .C87 2011)

This book covers the most important systems in the current practice of psychotherapy written by the most competent available authors. Care was taken to make the chapters concise, clear, succinct, and direct. There is an extensive glossary and references section. (Taken from the preface). Two copies on reserve and one in the print collection.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Books @ the library

American Album. New York: American Heritage Pub. Co.,1968.

This history of the United States depicted in photographs spans from 1839 to the early 1900s. It begins with the earliest surviving daguerreotypes and shows the human experience in cities, towns, and rural life from the famous to the unknown.

Lange, Dorothea and Taylor, Paul Schuster. An American Exodus: A record of human erosion in the thirties. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1969.

Produced by the Oakland Museum, this book looks at the 1930s through pictures and text.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Dec. 13- Sun. Dec. 19th

Desultory: jumping around, aimless, random.

"The student's desultory attempts at studying wasted his time."

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Fang-tastic Fiction

If you are interested in the wave of paranormal fiction flooding the shelves, you will be interested in the new book by librarian, Patricia O’Brien Mathews. Fang-tastic Fiction: Twenty-First Century Paranormal Reads, allows readers to find the latest supernatural characters and paranormal fiction. The best part is that Mathews has a blog to support her book with lots of updates and interesting features like the creature search, and the rating system. Her rating system consists of:

V - Violence Index
1 (yelling and shouting) to 5 (bloodthirsty brutality)

S - Sensuality Index
1 (chaste) to 5 (multiple explicit sexual scenes)

H - Humor Index
1 (serious) to 5 (hilarious)

Check it out at:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Media @ the library

Black Blizzard DVD. History channel. 100 minutes. (DALDVD 93R)

From back cover: “They could be forgiven for thinking the end of the world had come. No-one had ever experienced anything like it: a rolling cloud of black dust that blocked the sun, bringing night at noon and coating everything in noxious grime. What was it like to live through the greatest environmental disaster of the 20th century? With stunning immediacy, BLACK BLIZZARD transports you to the bleak period of U.S. history from 1930 – 1940 when, vulnerable after years of drought and poor farming techniques, America’s heartland was ravaged by a weather phenomenon that became known as a “black blizzard.” …. See how they form, what they’re made of, and how they affect people’s health, clothing, food and environment.”

Surviving the Dust Bowl. Public Television 55 minutes (DAL DVD 94)

From the back cover: “In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains – the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes….. This American Experience film presents the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease – even death- for nearly a decade. “

A Time for Justice: America’s Civil Rights Movement. 38 minutes. (DAL MV 69)

From the back cover: “Produced by three-time Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim, A Time for Justice recalls the crises in Montgomery, Little Rock, Birmingham and Selma. But more importantly, it reveals the heroism of individuals who risked their lives for the cause of freedom and equality.”

New Books @ the library

Lee, Courland C. Saving the Native son: empowerment Strategies for Young Black Males. Greensboro, NC: ERIC/CASS Publications, 1996. (LC 2731 .L44 1996).

This book covers black males from grade 3 through adolescence and has a wealth of practical applications in empowering the young men. Several empowerment programs are covered as well as strategies in working with young black males.

Fordham, Michael. The Self and Autism. London: William Heinemann Medical Books Ltd. 1976. (RJ 506 .A9 F65).

“Michael Fordham's The Self and Autism is a piece of original research into maturation in infancy and its psychopathology. He was the first to introduce the idea that the self, previously considered realizable only in later life, could be experienced by children in a manner appropriate to their age; he also found that the archetypes of the collective unconscious whose images could be demonstrated in childhood, functioned in essentially the same way as Jung described in the case of adult persons. From these two concepts he developed a theory of individuation in childhood.” Editorial Review from

Hoover’s MasterList of U.S. Companies 2008. Hoovers-A D&B Company.

This comprehensive selection of the 10,000 most important companies in America includes: 5,261 publicly traded companies, including all companies on the New York, American, and NASDAQ Global and Global Select Market exchanges, plus a selection of over-the-counter stocks; 4,769 private companies, partnerships, and mutual companies.. (HF 5035.H661 2011 v.1-2) 11/30/10

Weymouth, Lally. America in 1876: The way we were. New York: Vintage Books, 1976. (E 661 .W47).

This book gives a glimpse into America during 1876 using writings, photographs, and paintings of the time period. It begins with the Exhibition of 1876, explores the western frontier, Washington, politics, the rise of the American labor force, high society, P.T. Barnum, and the novel, Tom Sawyer. It is an interesting look at one year in American History.

Hughes, Robert. American Visions: The epic history of art in America. New York: Alfred A Knopf, Inc, 1999. (N 6505 .H84 1997).

This book could be called history through art as it uses art to explain snippets of America history while at the same explaining major and minor artistic works. There is a generous amount of color prints as well as black and white.

Chase’s 2011 Calendar of Events. New York: McGraw Hill, 2011. (GT 4803 .C48 2011) CD included.

Chase’s Calendar of Events includes 4,000 notable birthdays, 1,400 historical anniversaries, 650 national and international holidays, 160 religious holidays, and thousands of additional days of note across the world. If you want to celebrate, here is the place to find a reason to celebrate.

Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2011. Yonkers, NY: Consumers Union. 2011.

After testing, Consumer reports rates appliances, cars, electronics, and more for the best and worst of the category.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"A date which will live in infamy"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 7th, 1941  "a date which will live in infamy." 

President Barack Obama issued an affirmation proclamation of Public Law 103 308, as amended, passed by Congress that has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."  In his proclamation, President Obama encourages "all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor."

More than 3,500 Americans were killed or wounded at Pearl Harbor and more than 400,000 paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of life and liberty during the war.  Over sixteen million of America's sons and daughters served during World War II.  

To read the entire proclamation go to:

Friday, December 3, 2010

New Books @ the library

Woodrow, George Jr. The Instructional Leadership Pyramid: A Framework for Raising Student Academic Achievement. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., 2010. Signed by author. (LB 2831.6 .W66 2010).

George Woodrow, a UNT Dallas professor, advocates a structure for creating academic success for all students based on five levels of a pyramid. The five levels build on each other until the top level where every student achieves at a high level. The five levels include campus culture, instructional strategies, research-based beliefs, and effort-based principles.

Greive, Donald. A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-time Faculty and Teachers of Adults. Ann Arbor, MI: The Adjunct Advocate, Inc. (LB 2331 .G72 2003).

This book contains practical and informative tips for part-time and adjunct faculty.

Nathan, Rebekah. My Freshman Year: What a professor learned by becoming a student. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005. (LB 3605 .N34 2005).

“Using her skills and insights as an anthropologist, faculty-turned-freshman Rebekah Nathan gives us a unique look into the student experience in the first year of college. She provides an unfiltered view of the cultural norms, social rules, and community expectations faced by our new students. It is an intriguing read for all who work with undergraduates today.” Susan H. Murphy, Vice President, Student and Academic Services, Cornell University, from the book jacket.

Verderber, Rudolph F & Kathleen S. The Challenge of Effective Speaking. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. (PN 4129.15 .V47 2003). CD included

An introduction to public speaking, this book covers everything from setting goals and organizing a speech to principals of persuasive speaking.